About Stacey

Who is Stacey Fru?
Stacey is a fun-loving and bubbly young girl born on the 16th of February 2007 in Johannesburg. She is the 2nd of four children and the youngest Author in Africa, if not the world, who wrote her first book; ‘Smelly Cats’  without her parents’ knowledge at the age of 7. This book was approved by the South African Department of Basic Education as suitable for young learners from Early Childhood through to Primary Schools. Stacey is the youngest multiple award winning writer of Chapter books on the continent, if not in the world. ‘Smelly Cats’ was published when she was 8 and she won 3 awards for the book and her other works before her 2nd book ‘Bob and the Snake’  was published. By Age 9, Stacey’s Multiple Awards and Recognition included; ‘Smelly Cats’  as the 2016 National Development Agency (NDA) ‘Best Early Childhood Development (ECD) Publication 2015: Special Mention Category, prize donated by UNICEF, ‘Young Leader 2016’ for her leading motivational and inspirational roles, and ‘Academic Achievements and Initiatives 2016’ for her writings at the East Wave Radio Nelson Mandela International Community Day Leadership Award. Stacey was the youngest founding member of the Wits University Centre for Multilingual Education and Literacy in 2016. She was Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young Most Influential South African 2016, a Runner up at the Victor Basadi Awards in the Young Dignitary Category for 2017, and a finalist for the “Gauteng Premier’s Women of Excellence Awards 2018” in The Girl Child Category. Stacey has further won in the Category of Skills Development and Education in the “Gauteng Premier’s 2nd Youth Excellence in Service Awards 2018;” an emotional occasion in which Premier David Makhura announced her as a Special Guest, gave her an open ovation and lifted her to the crowd. Stacey won the Fountain Category at the Valhalla Arts’ IBHUKU Awards 2018 that recognised 10 most influential women in the literary scenes of South Africa (Yes! She is a woman).

Stacey’s ambitions for the growth of the African child is extensive. She is a philanthropist and the youngest Ambassador for Save the Children. Stacey is focus on teaching children because she is very disappointed that many children cannot read and write by age 9. She has dedicated her life to teach, motivate and encourage others through public talks, writings, and her television projects. Stacey constantly donates items like books, computers, clothing and food through The Stacey Fru Foundation to children and adults of South Africa. Her foot print is seen across provinces in the country into rural areas where she has been privileged to appreciate how lucky she is through giving. Her major concern for children are evident in her writings and her talks themed; Illiteracy, Poverty/Inequality, Religion, Safety and Security, Respect, Love, Family and Friendship, etc.

Stacey Key Projects

Know Your Countries: Stacey is committed to educate African children on Africanism. She uses her television channel CTVSA to profile various countries on the globe. Her passion for Africa saw her committed to profiling all Africa countries before any other Countries.

An African Book A Child: Stacey is not happy that many African children do not celebrate African writers. She has therefore committed to collect and distribute only books by Africans and about Africa to children and institutions.

AfrICAN Children of the Year Awards: The Stacey Fru Foundation and its partners will recognise all African children ages 7 to 13 who are contributing positively to their community, country and the continent, in a bit to glorify and African gift, but promote Africa to Africans as a continent of choice. The first ceremony is in November 2018.

2016 Safety and Security Campaign for Children by a Child: Stacey sensitises children and adults alike on the importance of safety through a play written and directed by herself and her talks.

Reading and Writing for all: Stacey encourages others through sporadic reading and writing sessions.

Stacey’s writes stories, essays, poems, speeches and attempts songs. She is a guitarist and a ballerina. A motivational speaker, storyteller, poet, TV talk show host, chairlady/MC, and teacher who has helped many realise that you are never too young or too old to live your dream. Stacey has given public talks to diverse audiences in different occasions, her first speech at 8, was to over 877 Matric learners at the AngloGoldAshanti Career Expo 2015.

 Stacey Fru Foundation

Stacey’s work is executed under the banner of her Foundation … Stacey Fru Foundation NPO. No. 191-015.

Children Television South Africa

Stacey’s is founder and main host of an online television channel, Children Television South Africa – ctvsa. See www.ctvsa.co.za for the work she does

 Writings

Stacey’s fingers do not seem to pause. She has Awards winning chapter books. Her third book ‘Smelly Cats on Vacation’ will be published in 2018. Feed your curiosity now in this site …

Smelly Cats (Written at age 7)

Smelly Cats is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever. Want to know more?

Bob and the Snake (Written at age 8)

This book is about Bob, a boy who loves snakes with his whole heart. His birthday is coming up and he is super happy because he heard his parents talking that they may buy him a real snake for his birthday. Bob could not believe it when his parents went out of their way to organise his birthday party at a snake cave. His parents would never regret offering him a real snake because a few weeks later, Lob the snake was crown the City Hero for saving the family from thief who broke into their house while they were asleep.
Ironically, the snake is the same reason why Bob ran away from home for days. Bob’s parents were very unhappy after they found him, but he tried to make up and make peace. Things were alright again and during school holidays, the family decided to travel to America.
The conclusion of this book by states that “no matter how much they try, children will always be naughty and parents will always be hard”. Do you want to know if Lob the snake was allowed in the plane or not? Would you want to find out how the story ended? I know … Please read the book.

Smelly Cats on Vacation (Written at age 8)

This book is a follow-up of Stacey’s first book; ‘Smelly Cats,’. Smelly Cats on Vacation is about Mack and his father’s fantastic holiday in Namibia. Unfortunately, Mack comes back to South Africa with an injury. According to Stacey, Mack’s injury made the family to spend more fun time together at home. Find out how Mack and Mark remained mischievous throughout the holiday, even though they were separated by distance. What happened to the girls in Smelly Cats? Anyways, when schools reopen, smelly cats go to High School. Watch out for the next book in this series titled; Smelly Cats Go To High School.

Books Order

Smelly Cats, Bob and the Snake (R170) and Smelly Cats on Vacation (R150). NO Postal charge when you buy over 3 copies within South Africa. For Electronic Funds Transfers, Cash or Cheques deposits pay to;

Banking details
Acct Holder: Stacey Fru
Number: 108 057 5898
Bank: Nedbank Norwood
Code: 191905
Ref: Your name

Media / newspapers

Few examples of Radio

·         Jozi FM (www.jozifm.co.za)

·         Voice of Tembisa (www.voiceoftembisafm.co.za)

·         SAFM (www.safm.co.za)

·         Apex Radio (America) www.apex1radio.com

·         Alex FM Radio (www.alexfm.co.za)

·         East Wave Radio (www.eastwavefm.co.za)

·         Radio Helderberg (www.radiohelderberg.co.za)

 Few examples of Magazines

·         You Magazine (www.you.co.za)

·         Drum Magazine (www.drum.co.za)

 Newspapers

·         Saturday Star, Link http://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/saturday-star/20150704/281874412067931/TextView

·         North Eastern Tribune, link http://northeasterntribune.co.za/183678/budding-young-author-shines/ and http://northeasterntribune.co.za/187416/child-author-shines-with-more-awards/

·         Cape Times, link http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/whizz-kids-book-chosen-for-primary-school-reading-2037045 and http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/nine-year-old-inspires-with-second-book-2068871,Lenasia

·         Rising Sun, link http://risingsunlenasia.co.za/33410/nelson-mandela-leadership-awards/

 Few examples of Online

·         Wits University online Publication. Link http://www.wits.ac.za/newsroom/newsitems/201508/27039/news_item_27039.html

·         SA Breaking News link http://www.sabreakingnews.co.za/2015/08/13/eight-year-old-launches-her-first-book/,

·         he Big Issue Magazine’s Cape Town link http://www.bigissue.org.za/news/seen-and-heard-qa-with-stacey-fru/, 

·         All4Women Online Magazine link http://www.all4women.co.za/499338/parenting/parenting-articles/meet-south-africas-youngest-author

·         The University of South Africa (UNISA) link http://www.unisa.ac.za/default.asp?Cmd=ViewNewsItem&NewsID=2287&Cmd=GetNav&NavID=6

·         CCTV-Africa.com link: http://cctv-africa.com/2016/04/02/are-these-africas-youngest-published-authors-world-marks-internationalchildrensbookday/.

·         Stacey was featured in micampus online magazine link: http://www.micampusmag.co.za/2016/09/this-years-jozibookfair-brings-you-stacey-fru-the-nine-year-old-black-south-african-girl-who-penned-her-first-book-at-the-age-of-seven/ 

·         Kids Books Withoutborders link : https://kidsbookswithoutborders.com/2016/10/19/meeting-stacey-fru/

 Few examples of Television

·         SABC 3, Expresso Show – Young Achiever: 9 Year Old Award Winning Author – Stacey Fru https://youtu.be/NCtS1_HkR-I

·         Mindset Network (www.mindset.co.za)

·         SABC3-FuN- Natix Show (www.sabc.co.za)

 Projects

·         Stacey will be a guest speaker at the Wits International Language and Literacy Conference 2018.

·         Stacey was a guest speaker at Royalty Princess Camp on the 25th and 26th of February 2017.

·         Stacey was a Guest Speaker at NISAA Institute for Women’s Development 22nd Annual General Meeting on the 7th of Dec. 2016.

·         Stacey launched her 2nd book “Bob and the Snake on the 20th of November 2016 in Linksfield, Johannesburg

·         Stacey gave a talk at “The Christian Women Entrepreneurs’ Network of Africa (CWENA) 4th Annual Business Inspirations Conference” on the 11th of November 2016

·         Stacey was a guest speaker at the Mvelaphanda Skills Development Training Centre on the 5th of November 2016

·         Stacey launched her 2nd book at Profound Conference Centre on the 18th of October 2016.

·         Stacey was a guest speaker at Mohau Centre in Pretoria on the 24th of September 2016.

·         Stacey launched her 2nd book on the 17th of September 2016 at Skoobs Books Theatre.

 Write to Stacey

Stacey loves to work with you. Please contact us for any reason whatsoever.


Physical Address:              181 Corlett Drive in Bramley, Johannesburg, South Africa
Postal Address:                 
PO Box 92176, Norwood, Johannesburg 2117
Phone:                                 
+27 82 548 6385
Email:                                     
stacey@staceyfru.co.za    
Website:                               
www.staceyfru.co.za
Facebook:                           
www.facebook.com/staceyfru
YouTube:                             www.youtube.com/stacey
Twitter:                                  @staceyfru
Blog:                                      
www.staceyfru.blogspot.com

 Research has shown that the single most important factor influencing a child’s success at school is the introduction to books. Please give Stacey Fru a chance to change lives by fostering reading and literacy.

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